In the past, each of the three Tri-Council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) followed different practices with regard to the level of stipends which could be paid to students and postdoctoral fellows.
Effective September 1, 2011, the federal granting agencies have removed the requirement to adhere to specific minima and maxima pertaining to stipends paid from grants. The Tri-Council agencies no longer stipulate the value of stipends that can be paid from grants. In addition, the agencies have removed the restriction on providing supplements from grants (“Top-ups”) to award recipients.
The reason for this change is to improve researchers’ ability to recruit students and provide them with compensation that is fair and competitive. This change will also reduce the administrative burden placed on institutions required to track these amounts.